Balanced Coverage?

. As Tim Blair reports, Iraq’s anti-terrorism demonstrations are ‘all over the internet’. Sadly, as well as missing out on coverage in newspapers, the demonstrations have somehow eluded our national broadcaster’s World edition website, renowned though the BBC is for its World Service. When you think of how they like to get the opinions of ‘real’ Iraqis, it’s strange they haven’t interviewed any of the marchers to see why they … Continue reading

Riding for a Fall?

. There is a difference of opinion between BBC journalists John Simpson and Nick Gowing over the deaths of journalists in Iraq- and it’s worth noting. When Simpson says that any journalists not ’embedded’ with troops became ‘potential targets’, he does not mean that they were deliberately targeted. Nick Gowing does- he believes in an Orwellian kind of conspiracy to ‘take out’ journalistic opponents. No steps are taken to separate … Continue reading

The pretence of marginalisation.

In this post left wing pro-Iraq-war blogger Harry Hatchet writes about John Pilger’s recent comments on the BBC. Harry writes: But the idea that the Radio Four’s Today programme was pro-war or even comparible to the flag-wrapped cheerleading of Fox News, is hard to take seriously. But then Pilger is capable of believing anything to convince himself of the rightness of his postures – he is, after all, the man … Continue reading

A reader writes:

…BBC doesn’t let the facts of its own story get in the way of a headline bemoaning American police racism… The headline: Cincinnati death blamed on police The exerpt: [The coroner, whose report is the focus of the story] added that the ruling should not be interpreted as implying inappropriate behaviour or the use of excessive force by police”. Note the photo of a crying relative at the bottom, next … Continue reading

This Google bomb cannot be displayed.

The BBC recently reported a “Google Bomb” which linked the words “miserable failure” to a biography of Bush. Fair enough, it’s a story. However the BBC refer back to the famous “These weapons of mass destruction cannot be displayed” web page as an example of something similar. In this post the author of that page, who also happens to write the “Black Triangle” blog, says that the BBC misrepresented him. … Continue reading

More Caterwauling

. According to a recent Guardian article about the Beeb’s plans to pay their journalists to keep their peace instead of blabbing in newspapers, Greg Dyke (aka Boss Hogg) believes that managing journalists is like ‘herding cats’. Spare a thought then for the military trying to look after, or look out for, journalists in a battle zone, or an ‘intifada’, especially when some decide that ’embedding’ is just not real … Continue reading

Here in the saner blogosphere

, a number of people can see the implications of the Telegraph’s story yesterday. Of those, Tim Blair has gone to town on it very pleasingly- and on the journalistic standards which have brought us to this situation. Even if that Iraqi Colonel was wrong in the intelligence he gave, the fact remains that the ‘sexed up’ 45 minutes claim that was all there was left of Andrew Gilligan’s story … Continue reading

Fixed Mindset?

. Here is an example of how the BBC’s thought processes continue to work. What would the news pages look like if they reported every university based ‘think tank’s’ report? Could they perhaps be trying to vindicate their own well known position on the justifications for war in Iraq? No mention is made of the political affiliations of this ‘think tank’. Glancing across the BBC’s Iraq ‘In depth’ page, I … Continue reading

A day to bury bad news?

‘Bad’ news like this and this and this and this. Or even awkward news like this and this. [Update.To sum up- news on WMD’s, growing reason to believe in links between Iraq and Al Quaeda, the reality of Saddam’s genocidal brutality and Iraqi support for the US against the old regime- more or less in that order] Today may be Sunday, but it’s a very news rich day. Time to … Continue reading

Great Flaming Turkeys!

What’s THIS? (thanks etc to Healing Iraq) Update. I’ve realised that this Turkey, unlike the Presidential one, has a real political message- though not one that has been adequately reflected by BBC coverage of Iraq. Reading Healing Iraq and other sites, and looking at this pastiche, I’d say that Iraqis’ biggest fear is being delivered back into a Baathist quagmire. Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.

Plain Rumsfeld Campaign Update

It’s nice to know one is not alone in one’s views. At about 5.50pm today Radio Four had on one of those “listeners’ feedback” programmes. It said that “few of those who wrote in supported the Plain English Campaign.” Then it replayed the Rumsfeld clip, followed by audio clips from three members of the public saying nice things about how Mr Rumsfeld was clear and concise. I was left feeling … Continue reading

It’s a Turkey Shoot!

. Perhaps it seems that this blog is wildly supportive of George Bush. Maybe it seems that we have a blind attachment to a Trans-Atlantic fantasy known as the ‘Anglosphere’. Or maybe it’s just the quality of the opposition (ironically, and weirdly, considering that we have a Labour Government in the UK- and I do mean Labour), and the way the British Press with ample encouragement from the Beeb snuggle … Continue reading

Not In My Name

. I think someone should start a ‘Stop Mad Matt Frei’ campaign. I don’t want him reporting on the US in my name. Why can’t the BBC employ someone who actually likes the country, or at least can keep their dislike under rational lock and key? This article is I suppose intended to be light-hearted, but it’s the kind of humour that in many circles would just (or ought to) … Continue reading

World Smotherage

. Further evidence of the BBC’s failings when it comes to their much vaunted World coverage. This article at BBConline originally ran with a headline something like ‘Report Condemns Nigeria Human Rights’, or something very similar. Now the headline is ‘Nigeria ‘Upholding Human Rights’ ‘. So, great news story. I wonder if they’d run a similar one about the UK: ‘UK ‘Upholding Human Rights’ ‘? Sounds snappy, doesn’t it? On … Continue reading

It is a wise man who knows how little he knows.

The Plain English Campaign gave a gobbledegook award to Donald Rumsfeld the other day. If you are interested, I gave my plain opinion of the Plain English Campaign on my blog here. In this post I’d just like to point out, that of course the BBC zoomed in on this story like flies to honey. As usual, the Beeb did not waste any valuable sneering energy on actually examining Rumsfeld’s … Continue reading